UPDATE 8:45 p.m.:
Because of the potential danger to life and health, the Thompson-Nicola Regional District has ordered everyone to evacuate the following properties immediately:
- 3465 Back Valley Rd
- SW ¼ of Section 35, Twp 21, Range 24, W6M
- NW ¼ of Section 35, Twp 21, Range 24, W6M
- NE ¼ of Section 35, Twp 21, Range 24, W6M
- SW ¼ of Section 2, Twp 22, Range 24, W6M
- SE ¼ of Section 2, Twp 22, Range 24, W6M
The evacuation alert for areas of Ashcroft has lifted, according to the Thompson-Nicola Regional District.
Some cellular service has been restored in downtown Ashcroft, and possibly North Ashcroft.
Evacuation orders have been issued, as the wildfire in Ashcroft and Cache Creek continues to burn.
The TNRD has updated previous evacuation orders to now include areas north of Scottie Creek and Hithium Lake.
The properties under evacuation are:
- 5004 Highway 97
- 5293, 5675 – 342 Rd.
- 5848 Clinton-Loon Lake FSR
- 5472, 5676, 5724, 5820, 5834, 5872, 5876, 5884, 5924, 5993 -3400 Rd.
The blaze has grown at 4,400 hectares, according to B.C. Wildfire Service.
Twenty firefighters, five helicopters and support personnel are on site today.
On Saturday, Cache Creek Mayor John Ranta said the fire has destroyed dozens of buildings. This includes at least five houses, 30 trailer park homes and two hangars at the regional airport.
Outgoing premier Christy Clark and premier-designate John Horgan is expected to be visiting Kamloops Sunday afternoon, where Cache Creek evacuees are seeking refuge.
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More to come.